EuroScience President Michael Matlosz explains the challenges of organising the 9th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2020) conference during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will be held in Trieste, 2-6 September 2020 in an innovative hybrid format.
What is ESOF?
The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
Trieste has been nominated European City of Science 2020. Trieste boasts a long tradition as a dynamic hub for research, science and innovation, focused on sustainable growth and development. Its impact goes beyond Italy to the rest of Europe and the developing world. It is internationally renowned for the high concentration of scientific institutions.
The ESOF2020 conference will be held in the extraordinary area of the Old Port (Porto Vecchio). This place had been for decades the commercial port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now an outstanding architectural and industrial heritage site that the Trieste Municipality is redeveloping and requalifying.
2:15 ESOF2020 initially planned for 5-9 July 2020, postponed to 2-6 September 2020 due to ongoing sanitary crisis
2:38 ESOF2020 is a tool for social and societal dialogue between the scientific community and the general public
3:00 Citizens with expectations from science during the current crisis look at ESOF2020 for informed discussion
3:20 Travel restrictions dictated by the health authorities were the main challenge in the organisation of ESOF2020
3:40 The conference went from a purely physical event to a hybrid event allowing physical and remote participation
4:00 President Matlosz will be physically present at the conference, but 80% of the attendees are expected to be remote
4:15 Hybrid solution shows potential for increased participation, might influence organisation of future editions
4:30 Conference program modified to include sessions on responses to the COVID-19 epidemic
4:50 EuroScience will moderate a symposium on doing research in time of global crisis
5:10 Matlosz: “Responding to this challenge, we created an even more attractive event.”
5:30 Future editions of ESOF will incorporate the lessons learnt from the 2020 challenge
6:00 Registrations open until the day before the event on the ESOF2020 website
More information about the conference here
Interview by Federica Bressan